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Brent Myers of Boise State To Coach UA's Tight Ends
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 19, 2000
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Brent Myers, offensive coordinator at Boise State University last season, has been hired to coach tight ends and the offensive line at the University of Arizona, Wildcat coach Dick Tomey said today.

Myers, 39, helped lead the Broncos to the 1999 Big West Conference championship and a 34-31 victory over Louisville in the Humanitarian Dec. 30. He worked with BSU's offensive line and will continue to do so at Arizona with line coach Charlie Dickey.

Myers joined the Boise State staff for the 1998 season and in his first year had four players earn All-Big West recognition, including first-team tackle Keith Dilworth and second-team guard Jeremy Mankins. He was promoted to offensive coordinator by coach Dirk Koetter before the start of the 1999 season. Mankins earned first-team recognition this past year.

"We're very excited to get someone of his experience to replace coach (Pete) Alamar," said Tomey. The former joined ex-UA coach Jeff Woodruff's staff at Eastern Michigan late last month to become offensive coordinator.

"At Boise State Brent did a tremendous job last year, culminating in its bowl victory over Louisville, which was probably one of the great upsets of the bowl season," Tomey said. "The fact that he's been in a leadership position will add outstanding experience to our staff."

"I'm really looking forward to the job at Arizona," said Myers. "I know (offensive coordinator) Dino Babers and Charlie Dickey really well. Winning a league championship and bowl game with Boise State capped off a great two years, but the opportunity to coach at the level of the Pac-10 is something I've been working toward the past 20 years."

Boise State produced the top scoring offense in the Big West with 33 points per game in 1999 and averaged more than 414 yards per game in total offense. The Broncos finished the year with a 10-3 record.

From 1992 to 1997 Myers was an assistant under Steve Axman at Northern Arizona, working with linebackers for one year, then moving to the offensive line. He was named associate head coach in 1994 and offensive coordinator in 1996. Myers earned Offensive Coordinator of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association in 1996 when the Lumberjacks led the nation in total offense and scoring. That year the Jacks became the first Division I college program in history to produce a 3,000-yard passer (Travis Brown) and a 2,000-yard rusher (Archie Ammerson).

He was an assistant at his alma mater, Eastern Washington, from 1985 to 1991, coaching a variety of positions including tight ends, offensive line, linebackers and defensive line. He earned a bachelor's degree from EWU in 1982 and began his coaching career in 1984 as the interior offensive line coach at Southern Illinois. He later earned a master's degree from Eastern Washington in 1986.

Myers' hiring completes Arizona's staff after the departure of Woodruff and Alamar. But Tomey, who promoted graduate assistant Randy Robbins to full-time status as an assistant earlier in January, said he may shift some duties among staff members once the recruiting season is completed with national signing date Feb. 2.

Myers and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Morgan, 3.

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